Earlier this year, we took a 3 month challenge and attempted to buy nothing 'new' from the August thru October. Both my wife and I enjoyed the challenge and are talking about attempting another one in the future! With our challenge ending last month, I decided to look at the month of November and see how the 3 month challenge affected our spending and affected our decision to buy new stuff. We definitely purchased more 'new' stuff in November, however, I don't believe that it was outlandish.
Ever since I understood the meaning of Thanksgiving, it has become one of my favorite holidays. There is something special about spending time with family and remembering to be thankful for everything that the Lord has given us. One problem, I don't believe that we should keep our Thankfulness to just one day of the year.
Last Thanksgiving, I made a challenge to every reader to not let the little moments slip them by and enjoy their family. This Thanksgiving that message still rings load and clear, therefore, I am going repost the entire article below. If you read it last year...read it again.
It's that time of year again. The time of year where we celebrate The time of year where we celebrate three holidays in a little over 5 weeks from November 24th until January 1st.Every business is out to get our hard earned money before the year ends. They use great marketing strategies to push their "Black Friday" deals. They talk about all the money you will save, but seem to leave off all the money you will spend.
Last year at this time was a whirlwind for our family. My wife was a few days from going into labor and I was deep into my 7th year as a middle school basketball coach. It somehow slipped past me that REI (one of my favorite outdoor companies) was closing again on Black Friday.
Can't believe it has been two weeks since my last post. The last two weeks have been kind of busy for our family and I had a hard time finding time to write. During the last two weekends, we spent one weekend running a 10k in Galveston and the following weekend running a half marathon in Houston. Both were amazing accomplishments (at least for me). This was my first attempt at a half marathon and I successfully finished!
I can imagine driving on that mountain road. I can imagine the sound of the gravel under my tires. I can imagine crawling up the incline. Despite the slow speed, we still make that climb. We are more than happy to make that slow climb, because we know that an amazing view awaits us at the top.
As we enter into the homestretch of 2017, its time to update everyone on our spending percentages from the last three months. Despite our monthly updates on "buying nothing new," I am still posting our spending rate, because the spending rate articles focus on reaching a savings goal.
Talk about a busy month! Not only is school in full motion, but we were quite the travelers in the month of September. There were five weekends in the month of September and we spent a portion of 4 out of 5 of them in a different city/state.